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R.E.M. among Rock Hall's 2007 inductees

Plus: ''Pan's Labyrinth'' gets some Oscar traction, Alan Rickman joins ''Sweeney Todd,'' and more

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces new inductees
The Hall will induct R.E.M., Van Halen, Patti Smith, the Ronettes, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five on March 12. Inductees have the option to perform, creating a problem for Van Halen, who are currently without a lead singer. (Hollywood Reporter)

National Society of Film Critics Awards
Guillermo del Toro’s Spanish-language political fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth won best movie of the year, Paul Greengrass took director honors for United 93, Forest Whitaker took home Best Actor for Last King of Scotland, and Helen Mirren won Best Actress for The Queen. (Variety)

Alan Rickman joins Sweeney Todd cast
Rickman (known to Harry Potter fans as Professor Snape) will play Judge Turpin in Tim Burton’s theatrical adaptation of the macabre Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical. Already on board are Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen. (Hollywood Reporter)

Dick Clark tops New Year’s Eve ratings
ABC’s 35th annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, co-hosted again by Ryan Seacrest, beat all competitors combined with an average of 18.31 million viewers. (Variety)

Fox greenlights three pilots
The network has approved the following one-hour pilots: Canterbury’s Law, from Sony Pictures TV and Denis Leary’s production company Apostle, a drama about a rebellious female defense attorney; Supreme Courtships, from 20th Century Fox TV and Adelstein Prods., a comedic drama about six Supreme Court clerks and their supervisors; and an untitled dramedy about a team of nurses in a big-city hospital. (Variety)

Palm Springs Film Festival awards
Babel and Little Children came up big at the festival’s gala awards. Babel won for ensemble performance and Director of the Year (Alejandro González Iñárritu), and Cate Blanchett received a lifetime achievement award for Babel, Notes on a Scandal, and The Good German. As for Little Children, Kate Winslet won the Achievement for Action award, and director Todd Field took home the Sonny Bono Visionary Award. (Variety)

Dave Matthews to appear on House
The rock star will play a savant suffering from seizures in an episode set to air in March. Matthews previously appeared in the movie Because of Winn-Dixie, and he will appear with Sissy Spacek and Troy Garity in the family feature Lake City, scheduled for release later this year. (Variety)

NPR’s Ira Glass inks deal with DreamWorks
DreamWorks has signed a first-look deal with ”This American Life,” Ira Glass’ popular NPR radio show. The deal follows Glass’ former first-look deal with Warner Bros., which expired last summer and yielded the family comedy Unaccompanied Minors. Hollywood Reporter)

Broadband Emmys recognize online video
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is teaming with News Corp.’s MySpace to launch the Broadband Emmy Awards, honoring Internet video content. Starting Feb. 1, MySpace users can submit videos for consideration through . (Hollywood Reporter)

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